||06-09-2008 03:55 PM
[K1] Zone Controllers
Well, I've been working with editing modules lately, still trying to get a mod I'm working on to work, and I extracted a module with a lot of Zone Controllers... and I was wondering what the heck I'd need those for?
They're both placeables and triggers, so I don't know why they'd be there...
I have no idea what they do or why they're there, so if anybody could help me with this, that would be great!
If you need more information about this, ask and I'll try to provide.
||06-09-2008 07:49 PM
They appear to have rather limited uses. To quote stoffe:
Originally Posted by stoffe
In Kotor the standard AI listens for the shout "GEN_I_WAS_ATTACKED". If heard the NPC will attack the character who was last hostile towards the shouter. If an NPC can hear a shout usually depends on if the shouter is within their perception range. Zone controllers add an additional restriction to that.
Silent shouts are a way for NPCs to communicate in battle. In KOTOR it's mostly used to inform everyone else around that they've been attacked, so they all enter combat mode and chase after the attacker.
If an NPC hears a shout their OnDialog event script is fired. This script can then do a match of the shout heard, and take appropriate action.
Creatures who have their spawn script set to enable zone controllers, or creatures spawned by encounters, will associate themselves with the nearest zone controller, if there is one within a 100 meter radius. They will then only respond to shouts from other creatures who are linked to the same Zone Controller.
[This can be used with] encounters, or an OnSpawn script that enables the NPC to use zone controllers, by having: GN_SetSpawnInCondition(SW_FLAG_DYNAMIC_COMBAT_ZONE ); in their OnSpawn script.
They could be useful if you have several groups of enemies nearby, but you don't want them all to engage in combat if you attack one enemy without the others noticing on their own.
Normally everyone within perception range of a creature you attack will join the fight.
If used in a combat intensive area it could be used to allow the player to "pull" some enemies away from the others and fight a few at once.
(Given that they are hostile, of course :) )
Hope that's helpful.
||06-09-2008 08:18 PM
Thanks, that helps alot!
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